My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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This is not The Nightingale but is an amazing story in it's own right.
A coming of age novel set in the 70's and 80's Alaskan frontier. This is a hard book to review without giving a lot of it away.
I adored and was rooting for Leni throughout. At one point I had to set down the book to make dinner - muttering about a choice she had just made the whole time. I thought about the characters and story in between my reading of it. I was invested.
It's amazing to me how the Kristin Hannah was able to make Alaska itself a central character in the novel. Beautiful. Untamed.
The plot explores complicated themes in a multifaceted way.
It was wonderfully written. My only complaint is a situation towards then end that was handled to easily for the depth of the rest of the book.
I don't want to spoil any of it. Just read it.
Trigger warnings: violence, some language, alcoholism, PTSD
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